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'Beyond Divinity' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 20, 2004 @ 10:42 a.m. PDT

While earlier only the German version was announced Gold, Larian Studios today announced that its long awaited new RPG, Beyond Divinity, has completed development and will ship to US & UK retail stores before the end of April.

"Once again we have delivered a very complex RPG" says Swen Vincke, project leader on Beyond Divinity, "and I want to congratulate my team on successfully finishing this new installment in the Divinity universe. The game turned out a lot bigger than we had originally planned 18 months ago and while I think that that's good news for RPG fans everywhere, it's been a hell of a lot of work for us. I'm curious to see what the reactions of players worldwide will be. As in Divine Divinity, they'll find that there's much more to the game than one would gather at first sight, and it'll be fun watching people discover all the things we've put in there."

Beyond Divinity is being published by Hip Games in North America while Digital Jesters is taking care of the UK.

In both North America and the UK a special bundle retail pack will be available. The pack features a specially written 50-page plus novella by prestigious and respected writer Rhianna Pratchett. The novella, Child of the Chaos, weaves a masterful tale set in the original fantasy realm of the Divinity Universe, and readers will experience a richer gameplay experience as they play through Beyond Divinity.

The pack will be available everywhere in the UK whereas North American publisher Hip GamesTMis offering it through Best Buy (US). European gamers will be able to receive the novella from the official Beyond Divinity website on game launch for a nominal postage cost.

Beyond Divinity is already available Germany,Austria and Switzerland, and will soon be available in other territories including the Benelux,Scandinavia,Portugal,France,Australia,Poland,the Czech republic,the Russian speaking territories,China,Japan,Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Beyond Divinity is being localized in French,German,Chinese,Japanese,Russian,Czech and Polish. Other languages and territories may soon be announced.

Divine Divinity, launched in 2002 was critically acclaimed for its depth and level of interactivity. In Beyond Divinity, Larian Studios takes what made Divine Divinity so deeply appealing, and pushes it one step further. Using an enhanced version of the original engine, the final product delivers infinite character development, unparalleled levels of interactivity, a wide variety of enemies; tons of quests and a brand new combat system. By catering to all of these elements with equal levels of importance, Beyond Divinity delivers a total RPG experience.

In Beyond Divinity, you become soul-forged with a Death Knight. Your fate is to spend the rest of eternity bonded to this creature of evil, unless you can undo this curse. You and your unlikely partner embark on a great adventure to unlock the secret of rift-running ... your only answer to this life of darkness.

Beyond Divinity will be released on PC-CD ROM on April 27th. For more information on Beyond Divinity, visit www.beyond-divinity.com

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